Обзор Вольво С2003 80 года

Volvo S2003 80 года

Easily the best-looking Volvo in more than a generation, the flagship S80 is luxurious, roomy and safe. It’s terrific on the open highway with a smooth ride and Gibraltar stability. Inside, the S80 is welcoming, attractive and understated. A highly evolved six-cylinder engine smoothly powers the front wheels. The twin-turbocharged T6 version delivers outstanding acceleration.

Volvo designed the S80 to compete against the BMW 5 Series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Audi A6, Jaguar S-Type, Acura 3.5 RL, Cadillac Seville, Lexus GS, Lincoln LS and Saab 9-5. That’s tough opposition, and a few of those cars offer significantly better handling. But the S80 compensates with its near-silent ride and unique look and personality, as well as Volvo’s renowned engineering designed to protect its passengers.

For 2003, Volvo has deleted the power moonroof and leather upholstery from the base S80 2.9, and reduced its list price by nearly $2000. The T6 model now includes Volvo’s On Call Plus communications system. And last year’s 75th Anniversary Edition continues as the S80 T6 Elite.

Модельный ряд

Volvo строит три версии S80.

The base-level S80 2.9 ($36,455) is powered by a 2.9-liter six-cylinder engine that produces 194 horsepower. Last year’s leather upholstery and power moonroof have been deleted in favor of a lower list price. But a leather steering wheel is now standard, as are most of the other goodies associated with a luxury sedan, including automatic air conditioning with dual controls, power windows, alloy wheels, and anti-lock brakes. A $1995 Premium Package adds back the moonroof and leather upholstery that were standard last year (and brings the total price back to last year’s $38,450). Ordered separately, leather costs $1400, and the moonroof $1200.

S80 T6 ($43,935) is equipped with twin turbochargers, boosting the output of that same 2.9-liter six to 268 horsepower. T6 also comes with traction control and lower-profile tires (P225/50HR17, in place of the 2.9’s P215/55R16s). In both cases, the tires are Michelin MXM4s. For 2003, Volvo’s On Call Plus telematics/mobile phone system is also standard, along with a 12-month subscription to the service.

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Both the naturally aspirated and twin-turbo engines drive the front wheels through an electronically controlled four-speed automatic transmission. But only the T6 has Volvo’s Geartronic manual override.

The rear compartment of the S80 T6 Elite ($46,995) is re-configured for an additional two inches of legroom. Special hinges allow the rear doors to open wider. Other rear-seat amenities include seat heaters, burl wood trim, and a console with two 12-volt outlets. There’s even a miniature DVD player with twin seven-inch thin-film transistor (TFT) screens. And if you like snacks with your flicks, you can add a small refrigerator for $700. Production will be limited to just 100 cars, so get your order in early.

On Call Plus is optional on the base model for $835. Traction control for the base model costs $695. A Warm Weather Package ($575) for all three models includes an air quality system (AQS), an infrared-reflective front windshield, an electric sun curtain for the rear window, and manual curtains for the rear side windows. For cold weather driving, the Climate Package ($625 on 2.9 and T6, standard on Elite) includes the air quality system, headlamp wipers and washers, heated front seats and Rainsensor Windshield Wipers. The Rainsensor wipers replace the intermittent wiper control and automatically adjust wiper speed based on the amount of water sensed on the windshield.

Наружный круговой осмотр

На первый взгляд S80 не похож на Volvo, если только вы не смотрите на его фирменную решетку радиатора с яркими вертикальными полосами и диагональной косой чертой. Исчез дизайн «коробка на коробке», который отличал профиль Volvo на протяжении целого поколения. В S80 его заменили более мягкие, менее решительные линии: пологий капот, круто наклоненное лобовое стекло, слегка изогнутая линия крыши и почти купеобразное заднее стекло. Короткая задняя крышка завершает соблазнительный силуэт. Расклешенные колесные арки окружают легкосплавные диски. Каждый угол был закруглен и избавлен от острых углов. Слегка скульптурные двери и боковые панели чувственно контрастируют с грубым внешним видом автомобилей Volvo прошлого.

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Вся игра со стилем окупается в задней части. Выдающиеся задние фонари, похожие на драгоценные камни, расположены высоко по обеим сторонам багажника, а сами линзы образуют задние углы автомобиля. Они имеют интересную зубчатую форму, придающую S80 характерный аромат, который отличает его от всего, что можно встретить на дороге.

Элементы интерьера

The same styling enhancements exercised on the Volvo S80’s body flow seamlessly inside. A tasteful two-tone color scheme ties the cabin together in cool, muted hues, from the dashboard and glove box to the doors and kick panels. The spare use of a simple, dark simulated wood lends a nice, understated accent. Wood appears only on the shifter, the perimeter of the center console and in a single swath of trim that rings the cabin.

Leather front seats feel rich and firm and provide ample support, with just enough bolstering for a snug fit. Getting in and out of them takes little effort, as the seating position is upright and the doors open wide. But just in case a little help is needed, Volvo provides a driver’s-side grab handle, a convenience found in only a few trucks and fewer cars.

Не меньшее внимание Volvo уделяла комфорту задних пассажиров S80. Широкая задняя скамья легко вмещает троих взрослых, при этом пространство для ног уменьшается только тогда, когда передние сиденья находятся в крайнем заднем положении.

The instrument panel is particularly clean. The gauges fit logically and don’t overwhelm the driver with unnecessary clutter. Wherever the driver positions the tilt steering wheel, the center-placed speedometer and tachometer remain in plain view. The rear-view mirror dims automatically, and the adjustable outside mirrors have a memory function. A nicely designed hand-brake lever is used in place of the foot pedal often found in this class.

Climate controls are intuitive and attractive. Dual controls allow separate temperature adjustment for driver and passenger. Controls for both front seat heaters sit closer to the passenger. The radio uses a dial to select programmed stations, in place of the once-familiar row of buttons. Volvo’s radio controls take a little familiarization, but work well and give the driver more presets. A dial is also used to choose between AM, FM or CD modes. Additional radio controls are on the steering wheel.

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У S80 большой и глубокий багажник, доступ к которому становится еще более доступным благодаря малой высоте подъема. Перевезти много груза не проблема. Разблокировка внутри багажника позволяет сложить спинку заднего сиденья, чтобы увеличить грузоподъемность (за исключением T6 Elite, где измененное сиденье не складывается).

Все три задних сиденья также имеют электрически убирающиеся подголовники; нажатие кнопки на центральной консоли убирает их с пути для улучшения обзора сзади.

Что касается техники безопасности и функций, Volvo не имеет себе равных. Двухступенчатые подушки безопасности водителя и переднего пассажира регулируются в зависимости от силы столкновения. Специально разработанные активные подголовники уменьшают хлыстовую травму при заднем столкновении. Надувные оконные занавески, а также боковые подушки безопасности защищают голову и туловище при боковом столкновении. Все три задних сиденья оснащены трехточечными ремнями безопасности. Volvo извлекает выгоду из удивительного объекта в Швеции, Центра безопасности Volvo Cars, который проводит испытания на ударопрочность, опрокидывание и другие проблемы безопасности.

Впечатления от вождения

Volvo S80 is smooth, comfortable, and quiet. Turn the ignition key and the starter motor barely whispers. The engine purrs at idle. Only by listening carefully can you hear the pleasant mechanical whir of overhead cams, and the tapping of busy valve gear.

Once underway, the S80 hums softly, even while pulling steadily uphill at 80 mph with good momentum. Wind noise and tire noise are heard as much as the engine; both are light, but more noticeable, because the engine is so quiet. You don’t hear the engine at all when the transmission downshifts. All you see is the upward twitch of the tachometer needle.

Last year, Volvo re-tuned the basic 2.9-liter inline-6 for improved response and quicker acceleration; still, it’s a bit of a lightweight compared to the twin-turbocharged T6. The naturally aspirated 2.9 delivers just 207 foot-pounds of torque at 4200 rpm. By comparison, the T6 develops 280 foot-pounds at just 1800 rpm, and maintains it up to 5000 rpm. More torque at lower revs means stronger power for accelerating away from intersections or making passes on long, steep grades.

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With its more powerful engine, the T6 is a rocket. Mash the throttle and the response is instantaneous. It has lots of power at the low end, enough to light up the front tires, assuming you’ve pressed the STC button to shut off the traction control. S80 T6 can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in less than 6.5 seconds, quicker than a Lexus LS430 and much quicker than an Acura RL. Variable-valve timing enhances the performance of Volvo’s T6, but most of the credit belongs to its two small turbochargers, which feed three cylinders each. Two small turbos spool up quicker than one larger unit, delivering maximum thrust at low rpm. As a result, the T6 is quite responsive when cruising at moderate speeds, say 25-50 mph. Leave the traction control system turned on when you stand on it, and the computer steps in to ensure the front tires lose their grip only momentarily. The system was updated last year with a more powerful processor.

The four-speed automatic transmission shifts smoothly and precisely, most notably at higher loads. But occasionally at lower speeds, a quick stomp on the gas causes it to trip over itself, so that it momentarily bogs down before downshifting, and then lurches as it finally finds the right gear.

Both base and T6 turbo models ride comfortably. The suspension absorbs bumps effectively, eliminating road imperfections. It rides and handles well even with a full load of passengers and luggage. The steering is a big vague at the center, and the S80 wanders ever so slightly, requiring small steering corrections. Also, the power assist is tuned so that the steering is on the light side for our tastes. That makes it easy to manage the S80 in parking lots, but we’d like a little more feedback in the steering. In Volvo tradition, the steering is a bit on the slow side, demanding more steering input than other cars in this class. Overall, the S80 doesn’t have the handling precision and poise of some of its competitors, such as the BMW 5 Series or the Jaguar S-Type.

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S80’s brakes are easy to modulate for smooth stops. The suspension does a good job of keeping the S80 level under hard braking: Nosedive during an 80-mph stop was minimal. Braking distances are long for the class.

Заключение

Роскошная отделка премиум-класса и функции безопасности мирового класса делают S80 альтернативой BMW или Mercedes-Benz. Volvo вознаградит индивидуалиста комфортной, тихой и плавной ездой.

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